Crestwood Comeback Comes Up Short Against Nanticoke Area, 25-23

Crestwood’s tilt with Nanticoke in an interdivisional Wyoming Valley Conference football turned into a real barn burner last Friday evening as the teams battled back and forth right down to the end. But for the Comets, it was a disappointing loss as they were unable to outlast the Trojans in the 25-22 final score. Crestwood was competitive throughout but turnovers in the first half were the key in the end.

Crestwood’s Patrick Rother scored twice in the opening quarter on runs of 1 and 25 yards. Nanticoke stayed close, responding with two scores of their own. Trojan Dawson Hughes scored on a 49-yard run but a failed PAT still had the Comets in front by 1. Justin Casey caught an 18-yard pass from quarterback Matt Wrubel but an unsuccessful 2-point run gave the Comets a 14-12 lead at the end of the first.

Nanticoke came on strong in the second quarter, scoring at 11:29 when Wrubel connected on a scoring 29-yard strike to Dareen Boseman to edge Crestwood, 18-14. Casey recovered a Crestwood fumble in the backfield, and ran for a 65 yard score to end the half up 25-14.

Following a scoreless third quarterCrestwood gained some momentum mid-way through the final stanza on a 12-play scoring drive that culminated with a 2-yard TD run by Rother. Sophomore quarterback Chase Passman completed a pass to Kyle Richards for a successful 2-point conversion. But that would be the last points the Comets would put on the board, coming up short.

Crestwood finished with a total of 324 yards, 259 of which came on the ground. Rother led the Comets in rushing with 185 yards on 32 carries. Passman rushed for 38 yards on 10 carries and Owen Grigas carried seven times for 25 yards.

Brozen caught two passes for 32 yards, and Kyle Klusewitz had three receptions for 22 yards. Passman was 7-15-1-65 passing.

Despite the effort, Crestwood’s record drops to 1-5. The Comets will host Tunkhannock on Friday October 7.